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Center Consoles & Birdsall Marine

Let’s talk about center consoles.

There is much debate on the subject, but the prime contenders for the first boats to commercially incorporate the innovation seem to be Boston Whaler in 1963, & the Aquasport 222 in 1964. The beauty of the concept came from the fact that the operator could stand & drive from the center of the boat, while enjoying the handy walk-around room provided.

It took a few years, but center consoles eventually became so popular that they generated a whole new genre in the boating business. Console mounted T-tops were the next innovation inspired by the design, allowing for more fishing room without the restrictions of gunwhale mounted legs used for Bimini and other full coverage designs. Over time, hull sizes grew and grew, until they included the 40-plus foot giants available today. Actually, Birdsall Marine Design was started in 1979 specifically for the manufacturing of high quality aluminum T-tops for center console boats. We were one of the very first companies to do so, and have been in the game for a long time now!

Over the years, as T-tops sizes increased relative to the sizes of the boats that they were attached to, the importance of the structural integrity of center consoles themselves became more and more apparent. The strength and durability, not to mention operator and passenger safety, provided by proper center console design and construction were and remain important. The failure of some boat manufacturers to recognize this fact led us to start manufacturing our own line of replacement center consoles in various sizes. The strength of helm, control, and grab handle mountings are very important – even without the consideration of a T-top! Rather than concentrate on price point engineering, Birdsall Marine Design chose to produce the most reasonable compromise that included proper structural integrity. That is why our consoles include high quality waterproof foam cored sides and control mounting surfaces, along with biaxial fiberglass reinforcements – features that cheap units ignore in order to lower their costs.

We have kept up with the evolution of screen mounting sizes and other features that modern equipment requires. Our designs also provide efficient dimensional proportions that all of our many years of experience have proven to allow for additional room in many different sized vessels, both for OEM and replacement applications. Check out our various models to determine if we can provide solutions that add both safety and value to your boat.

-Zed Bennett

Manuel Padin
Manuel Padin
2023-02-02
Great customer service even better product. Highly recommend. Ask for Dean
Patrick Thomas
Patrick Thomas
2023-01-17
Had about 10 companies rebuild my boat. These guys are by far the best in all aspects. From pricing to Customer service down to Craftsmanship. Thank you!
Tom Norville
Tom Norville
2022-10-26
Very good quality products and great customer service. I bought from them a few times. Quick shipping too.
johnny leon
johnny leon
2022-09-08
Another great job done by Birdsall Marina My boat looks amazing!! Would recommend them 100% Wonderfull job, I am more then happy with my boat :)
Jason Svitenko
Jason Svitenko
2022-09-01
I've had numerous Birdsall products on my boats over the years. Custom or production Birdsall is the best.
Michael Barone
Michael Barone
2022-06-16
Birdsall redesigned my back rest and got it back to me in a more than reasonable amount of time. Very satisfied with the product and the price. Awesome staff.
Eric Larson
Eric Larson
2022-05-07
Custom marine excellence
Floyd Miller (Reel Anarchy Fishing Team)
Floyd Miller (Reel Anarchy Fishing Team)
2022-02-25
They have alot of products. Great quality. And very friendly and knowledgeable.
mackpoborca
mackpoborca
2021-09-14
I ordered a camera pole that fits in a pole holder on a boat. I realized it had a nock out of the metal. I called Stacy and without hesitation she sent me a replacement all the way in Hawaii. I gladly drove 15 minutes out of my way to send the old pole mount back to her. Thanks for such good service 🤙🏽
Larry Kinsler
Larry Kinsler
2021-01-08
Top Notch quality and service..

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